Play 'n Count is aimed at children aged 3-5 years and their caregivers. In this session, you and your child will have the opportunity to engage in a range of guided activities to help develop early STEM skills.
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are key components in the development of essential life skills in young children. It's important to know that we use these concepts in our everyday life, simple opportunities such as cooking or sorting socks are wonderful activities that foster these ideas at home.
Cooking can be a fun and simple activity to introduce mathematics. It uses shapes, measurement, telling time, and more.
If you are making biscuits you can:
- count the number of biscuits
- count the number of ingredients
- talk about different shapes
- introduce time
- introduce fractions and compare sizes of spoons and cups.
If you are worried about kids in the kitchen, these same concepts can be used with No-Cook Play Dough. Download our recipe
Laundry can be made fun! Get the kids to help measure out the detergent, match socks or sort items by size or colour. This is also a great way to encourage helpful behaviour.
Books and other resources
Our libraries have a huge range of items for you to borrow with your child. Check the library catalogue
and reserve items today or pop in and browse the collection.
- Big box of shapes by Wiley Blevins
- I can learn! Shapes and colours learning cards by Dr. Seuss
- My everyday shapes by Fiona Bowden
- My first shapes by Fiona Bowden
- My food shapes by Fiona Bowden
- Shape by shape by Suse MacDonald
- Shapes of Australia by Bronwyn Bancroft
- Walter’s wonderful web by Tim Hogood
- Mouse count by Ellen Stoll Walsh
- One gorilla by Anthony Browne
- One is a snail ten is a crab: a counting by feet book by April Pulley Sayre
- Ten black dots by Donald Crews
- The very hungry caterpillar by Eric Carle
Better Beginnings Discovery Backpacks
- Discovery backpack for 2-3 year olds: Science
- Discovery backpack for 2-3 year olds: Maths
- Discovery backpack 2-3 year olds: Measurement
- Discovery backpack 2-3 year olds: Numbers
Play with Shapes
Shapes are everywhere! Simple activities such as going on a “shape hunt” and seeking out all the circles or squares in the home can be very effective. There are many variations of matching, sorting and craft activities that you can recreate in the home to make shapes fun. Start to introduce shapes by enjoying one of the books in our "Books and other resources" list.
Play with Numbers
Introducing numbers and counting in play is easy. Start counting things aloud when you are playing together, start simple - "look we have 1,2,3,4 teddy bears". Count the bears again together and then try counting them on your fingers.
There are plenty of toys, puzzles and books that help introduce numbers and counting to kids.